Yamaha BBNE2 Nathan East Signature Bass - White

5-string Electric Bass with Alder/Maple Body, 5-pc Maple/Mahogany Neck, Ebony Fingerboard, Active Electronics, 2 Humbucking Pickups, 24 Frets, and Custom Bridge - White
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The Hardest Working Bass in the Business

You've already heard the Yamaha BBNE2 5-string electric bass guitar. The signature model and go-to instrument of A-list bassist Nathan East, the BBNE2 has graced the low-end of artists as diverse as Daft Punk, Eric Clapton, Joe Satriani, Fourplay, and many more than we have room here to write. Designed in conjunction with East, the BBNE2 is loaded with features specific to a bass that needs to be able to do it all for the biggest names in the business. Now that same genre-crossing professional quality bass guitar can be yours.

Yamaha BBNE2 Nathan East Signature 5-string Bass Guitar at a Glance:
  • The signature bass heard around the world
  • Nathan East designed active electronics system
  • Individual bridge pieces for clarity
The signature bass heard around the world

There more than likely isn't a signature model bass anywhere in the world that has been on as many hit recordings, played on bigger stages, held down the low-end with bigger artists, and been seen on as many broadcasts as Nathan East's BBNE2. The man defines what it is to be an A-list artist in an industry where the term is a dying breed. His Yamaha BBNE2 has been by his side for the past 30 years. Almost every time he plays on tracks such as Daft Punk's "Get Lucky", Joe Satriani's Cool #9, and thousands of others it's the BBNE2 you're hearing.

Nathan East designed active electronics system

Crucial to shaping Nathan's sound for his different projects is the onboard active preamp system and Alnico V pickups. Containing the standard volume, pickup blend knob, bass, middle, and treble controls, Yamaha also included Nathan's "magic box" circuitry, allowing you to choose a specific midrange frequency and cut off the selected frequency at the flip of a switch. The voice of the BBNE2 can truly be tailored to get you sounding great in whatever situation you're in - something the bassists at Sweetwater are digging, and you will too.

Individual bridge pieces for clarity

When your bread and butter is the low frequencies of a musical project, note clarity is everything. The neck-through design and ebony fretboard on the BBNE2 go a long way in achieving this. But Yamaha's BPZ-7 design goes the extra mile to ensure a minimal of cross-talk between the strings, prolonging your sustain, punch, and note definition. It achieves this by using separate individual saddles, attached to the body of the bass for each string. The end result is you get strong low end with improved note definition and clarity.

Yamaha Nathan East Signature BBNE2 5-string Bass Guitar Features:
  • Professional-level 5-string bass designed to Nathan East's specifications
  • Active preamp designed with Nathan East
  • Nathan's "Magic Box" parametric mid-cut
  • Great note seperation from Yamaha's BPZ-7 bridge
  • Amazing sustain via a neck-through build and ebony fretboard
  • Alnico V pickups voiced by Nathan East
  • Body of Maple and Alder
  • 24-fret 5-piece maple/mahogany neck
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Tech Specs

Body Shape BB
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 5
Color White
Body Material Maple/Alder
Neck Material Maple/Mahogany
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Figured Abalone Blocks
Number of Frets 24
Scale Length 34"
Bridge/Tailpiece BPZ-7
Tuners Mother-of-pearl
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Alnico V Stack
Bridge Pickup Alnico V Stack
Controls 1 x Volume, 1 x Balancer, 3-band EQ, Mid Cut Frequency, Mid Cut Switch
Manufacturer Part Number BBNE2 White

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Yamaha BBNE2! Wow! Just Wow!

For the past several years going to the NAMM Show and recently to Bass Player Live! 2016, I always make it a point to go and play one of these basses. I always used to say to myself, being the big Nathan East fan that I am, "I'm going to get one of these basses!". I always got sidetracked by something else. I am happy to report that I finally made it happen along with the help of Sales Engineer, Nick LaMendola. I received the bass on 5/24/17 and did two gigs with it this past weekend. What an awesome bass it is! I received several compliments on the cosmetics of it, as well as the tone. When you get compliments on how it sounds by fellow musicians and people who don't even play music, you know that says something. I've owned 3 Yamaha basses back in the day. They served me well but this Nathan East bass.....Yamaha really stepped it up! Bravo Yamaha!!

Beautiful looking

I'm not a big fan of huge company instrument such as Yamaha ,but this instrument is awesome. Nice playability on neck and fingering. Neck thru gives more smooth feeling while playing on high position. And the tone is different than other bass. Very focused mid sound and dry tone which I like. The tone is very clear. The edge of high tone is so pretty. For the eq, it boosts or cuts powerfully meaning you don't need to turn the knob all the way to shape the tone. Nice bass. The magic box switch was black before but now it has changed to silver. Because string color is silver, it matches.


This bass gives me every tone I ever wanted in a bass. All the controls gives me the ability to shape all my sounds .AWESOME!!!

Worth every dime !

I recently purchased the Yamaha BBNE2 and am extremely happy that I made the investment ! The electronics in this bass are second to none. I have been able to dial this bass in to exactly what I need. The "magic box" circuitry that allows me to be very specific with the midrange and the ability to switch it on and off definitely gives me all the range that I'll ever need. And the white with gold hardware is just killer ! Thanks again to the professional staff at Sweetwater for helping me get the gear that I need and making the experience great !
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